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Albert Salomon
(dob - )
Born in Germany
Year of Discovery: 1913

Breast Cancer Pioneeer -
Was the First Person to Use X-rays to Study Breast Cancer

Albert Salomon, a surgeon in Berlin, Germany, was the first to use the X-ray to study breast cancer and is considered the inventor of breast radiology. He used a series of X-ray images and studied them alongside the actual breast tissue that had been removed from 3,000 mastectomy patients. With a keen eye for detail at the cellular level, Salomon was able to distinguish the difference between cancerous and noncancerous tumors, thereby successfully detecting breast cancer. The X-ray images also allowed Salomon to determine that there are multiple types of breast cancer. In his detailed findings, published in 1913, he wrote, "Roentgen photographs of excised breast specimens give a demonstrable overview of the form and spread of cancerous tumors." (Roentgenology is radiology using X-rays, named after the discoverer of X-rays, Wilhelm Conrad Roentgen) His meticulous descriptions of cancerous tissues are still relied upon by physicians today.

Although the scientific community was both impressed and intrigued by Salomon's work, he never used the diagnostic technique in his own practice. Ultimately, his lifesaving discoveries would not be applied clinically until decades later.

Introduction by April Ingram


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The practice of mammography, by Dronkers, referencing Salomon's research:

faqs.org article on mammography, referencing Salomon's research:

discoveriesinmedicine.com article on mammography, referencing Salomon's research:

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Stafford Warren
A pioneer in breast cancer surgery, using fluoroscopes to distinguish cancerous tissue.
Charles Gros
His techniques greatly enhanced mammogram's effectiveness.
Raul Leborgne
His breast compression technique enhanced mammogram images.
Jacob Gershon-Cohen
First advocate for using mammograms to detect breast cancer.
Walter Vogel
He refined mammograms to enhance breast cancer diagnosis.

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